Melissa Bauld Rome, AIA, NCARB is a founding Partner of Rome Office. She is a registered architect with professional experience in a number of design fields including architecture, product, lighting, graphic, and urban design.  She has practiced for over ten years in the United States and Spain.

Before founding Rome Office, Melissa was a Project Designer at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in New York City. At BIG she served as both Project Designer and Manager for the award-winning, Vancouver House development slated to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Prior to joining BIG, she was an Associate at CAZA Architects in Brooklyn where she was Project Manager for the RBA House and the Osmeña Boulevard Plan, both of which are currently under construction in the Philippines. 

She received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University where she was awarded the James Gamble Rodgers Fellowship in recognition of outstanding performance in critical thought and design.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language from Clemson University and is a proud Clemson native.

Alongside her architectural practice, Melissa teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture.

Brian Rousseau Rome is a founding Partner of Rome Office, which is located in his home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. In over 10 years of professional practice he has worked on the design of complex projects on a variety of scales and programs around the world.

Before founding Rome Office, Brian was a Project Design Leader at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in New York City. At BIG, he worked directly with Bjarke Ingels producing architectural and urban designs on some of the most prominent projects around the world. His focus at BIG was in leading the design and development stages of many significant hi-rise projects.

Prior to BIG, Brian worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. There, he contributed to both design and research projects, including the award winning Le Dauphin restaurant in Paris, France.

He received his Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded the Louis F. Southerland Endowed Scholarship. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University.

In addition to his focus on practice, Brian teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture.


Gustavo Rodas is a Designer at Rome Office and plays a crucial role throughout all phases of design development.  He is responsible for the graphic and visual representation of projects, leading the creation of content that helps to inform the Office’s conceptual and aesthetic ambitions.

He received his M.Arch degree with a minor in Urban Studies from Tulane University, where he was awarded the Ronald F. Katz Memorial Award for the thorough and careful development of a provocative thesis. While at Tulane he also studied abroad in Barcelona, was selected as a summer public interest design fellow, and collaborated with the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center on the redevelopment visioning plan for the city of Gretna, Louisiana.

Gustavo grew up in Quito, Ecuador, but has called New Orleans home since 2011.

Mollie Burke, AIA, NCARB is a Project Architect at Rome Office and is a key player in all phases of projects including design development, preparing construction documents, coordinating with consultants and regulatory agencies, bidding, and construction administration.  In addition, she serves as the BIM Coordinator and ensures that the office is utilizing software tools to maximize efficiency, productivity, and quality.

 Prior to joining Rome Office, she was a Project Manager at Domain Architecture. Her work with Domain included several commercial, residential, and municipal projects in varying scales.

She received her Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, and a minor in Urban Studies from Tulane University and has been a licensed architect in the state of Louisiana since 2016.